October 2010

International Investing: The Risks and Rewards

Fri, Oct 8 2010 - 12:00pm

Foreign Lands Bring Excitement to Your Life and Diversity to Your Portfolio: Pros and Cons of International Investing

Cathy Curtis, CFP, Investment Advisor, Curtis Financial Planning

More than half the world’s investable assets are in countries outside the U.S., and some of these economies are growing much faster than ours. A portfolio’s risk and return trade-off can be improved by adding the right mix of international investments. But home-country bias is strong and many investors fear venturing beyond U.S. borders. Read more »

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of The Commonwealth Club reflects the strong commitment among Bay Area leaders to the Club's public affairs role. Members of the board represent a wide variety of business and civic organizations.

Board members oversee the Club's activities through a number of committees, working closely with the president and CEO and the Club's staff. Read more »

Silicon Valley Commonwealth Club Advisory Council

Chair of the Advisory Council

  • John Leckrone, Director of Corporate Development, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Council Members

  • Robert E.

One-day Farallon Islands Adventure

Sun, Oct 31 2010 - 6:00am

One-Day Farallon Islands Adventure

This trip is sold out. If you are interested in being on the waiting list please e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org

Second departure date added, for October 31! Read more »

Calder to Warhol: An Exclusive INFORUM Tour

Thu, Oct 7 2010 - 7:00pm

Calder to Warhol: An Exclusive INFORUM Tour

This program is sold out

Boost your art smarts with INFORUM at our private, members-only tour of SF MOMA’s soon-to-close Warhol exhibit.  The entire top two floors of the museum, including the Rooftop Garden, will display seminal pieces by Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, and Andy Warhol.  Try not to be inspired with this insider’s glimpse of more than 130 works by iconic 20th century artists.  INFORUMers are invited for a privat Read more »

Michele Norris: The Grace of Silence (SV)

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Thu, Oct 7 2010 - 7:00pm

Michele Norris

Co-host, “All Things Considered,” NPR; Author, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir

Despite electing Barack Obama as president, do we truly live in a post-racial world? Last year, NPR’s Norris set off to explore the “hidden conversation on race.” What started as a report on our country’s evolving attitudes toward race turned into an intense personal journey through  her own family history and racial identity. Norris offers her thoughts and observations and shares what it was like to explore the “things left unsaid” by her own family. Read more »

Michele Norris: The Grace of Silence (SF)

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Thu, Oct 7 2010 - 12:00pm

Michele Norris

Co-host, “All Things Considered,” NPR; Author, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir

Belva Davis, Host, KQED TV's "This Week in Northern California" - Moderator

Despite electing Barack Obama as president, do we truly live in a post-racial world? Last year, NPR’s Norris set off to explore the “hidden conversation on race.” What started as a report on our country’s evolving attitudes toward race turned into an intense personal journey through her own family history and racial identity. Read more »

Mary Houghton: Social Entrepreneur Series

Thu, Oct 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Mary Houghton

President and Co-founder, ShoreBank Corporation

Started on the South Side of Chicago in 1973, ShoreBank was the first community development bank in the United States and has expanded to localities around the country and in emerging markets. Houghton has been a pioneer in "social banking," providing banking services and products to underserved individuals and communities. Read more »

A Bedouin Shepherd's Journey

Thu, Oct 7 2010 - 6:00pm

A Bedouin Shepherd’s Journey Ishmael Khaldi, Diplomat;  Author Distinguished diplomat Khaldi grew from humble roots. Born poor into a traditional Muslim village, he was the first Bedouin to become deputy consul of the state of Israel and the nation’s first high-ranking Muslim in the Israeli foreign service. Recently the deputy consul general for Israel in San Francisco, Khaldi will explore his remarkable journey from shepherd to diplomat. 

Condoleezza Rice Remembers German Reunification

Oct 6, 2010 @ 2:34 PM by Anonymous with [0] comments
This month, Germany is celebrating 20 years since the reunification of East and West Germany.